Green #BacktoSchool Supplies from @ApplePie_USA #spon

Friday, September 20, 2013 Posted by Dina N

Sometimes my kids have very specific school supply lists. It's not just dry erase markers, it's a set of four colored fine tip EXPO dry erase markers. It's not just any ol' binder, it's a three ring 2 inch white binder with loose leaf paper, five plastic dividers with pockets, and an in-binder pencil pouch with five sharpened #2 pencils. And so on. You get the idea.

While I can appreciate the detail of these lists and the need for school supply uniformity, I have a hard time finding supplies that meet the requirements and are eco-friendly. I buy binders and pencils made from recycled materials but other than reusing some school supplies from previous years, my green options are limited. This year, I bought some supplies online and had to shop at several stores to get everything. Very few places carry any eco-friendly school supplies at all. Imagine if schools asked parents to buy green supplies, no matter the actual color.

Apple Pie carries a back to school kit that meets all major requirements of eco-friendly. For this review, they sent me a Guided Products set with 100% recyclable school supplies made from recycled materials. The green school supply kit includes a binder with tab dividers and a pouch insert, pocket folder, three journal notebooks of various sizes, and a tablet case. It takes a little getting used to the carton-box look but the products are very well made. They are also sturdier than I expected. While my kids could not use some of these at school - remember the very specific lists? - they've had a blast decorating them. Yes, kids can express their creativity and make those school supplies uniquely their own by drawing all over them. Now my children play school with a very colorful binder and write birthday wish lists in the recycled notebooks that have sea creatures, flowers and butterflies on the covers.

The binder and journal notebooks are my favorites from the kit. The binder is made from very thick cardboard and can hold 300 pages. The D-rings are easy to open and close. The journals have 48 pages each and come in three sizes: an 8"x10" notebook with graph paper, a 5"x8" notebook with ruled paper, and a 3.5"x5.5" notebook with blank paper.

The tablet cases are available in white or brown. You can get a case for a full-size iPad, a mini iPad, a Kindle Fire or a Kindle Fire HD. The brown case we got is a perfect fit for my Kindle Fire. It can be folded for use as a stand and closes securely with two Velcro dots. I wish it came in more sizes, since my daughter reads on a Kindle 6" e-reader and would love to decorate a case for it.

The Guided Products Eco-Friendly Back to School Kit is available exclusively at Apple Pie. Right now, it's on sale for only $14.99.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


  1. Pat L. said...

    My kids are long out of school, but granddaughter had to bring a long list of school supplies into school and they have to bring extras for the kids that cannot afford them.

  2. Sherri L said...

    I got so tired of buying those white binders...and I think my daughter had to have one every single year of middle and high school.

  3. dd said...

    Just saw these and thought they were so unique and affordable. These will be good to have on hand.

  4. Sherri said...

    I am so glad I don't have kids in school anymore. I got so tired of buying 1" white binders every single year.

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